[Indonesian Only] BBM Launches Pulihkan Palu Donggala Donation Platform to Help Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

Users can donate in denominations from Rp10,000 to Rp 1 million to help victims in Palu and Donggala

Jakarta, October 12, 2018 – BBM has started a fundraising campaign today to help survivors in Central Sulawesi. From 12 October to 31 October, members of the public can make their donations via “Pulihkan Palu Donggala” in BBM.

Pulihkan Palu Donggala is a joint initiative by Emtek, BBM, BukaLapak, SCTV, Indosiar, KapanLagi Youiverse and DANA together with Yayasan Pundi Amal Peduli Kasih (YPP).

How to Donate

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Users who want to make a donation can:

  • Open the BBM App or click here
  • Click on “Pulihkan Palu Donggala” icon in DANA Tab
  • Select donation in denominations of 10.000, 50.000, 100.000, 250.000, 500.000, 1.000.000 and the payment can be made via bank transfer, credit card or DANA balance.

According to The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) on Thursday, October 11, the death toll has risen to more than 2,000 people, with over 10,000 people injured,16,000 people have been displaced by the quakes, and about 2.4 million in Donggala and Palu will need humanitarian aid.

Donations collected through this fundraising campaign will be channeled cumulatively with donation from other communities, and distributed by YPP, which has been coordinating efforts to bring emergency reliefs such as food and blanket distribution for Palu, Sigi and Donggala communities; food distribution and health care services for earthquake victims in Lombok. Donors will able to view distribution aid activities through YPP website and on Liputan6.com.

*BBM is available on the App Store and Google Play for free download

Customize Chat Background, New Features on BBM Desktop (Android), Official Accounts and More!

Experience the latest BBM version for Android and iOS. In this latest BBM release, you’ll enjoy the expanded experience of customizing chat background, BBM Desktop (Android only), a new Album Tab in Official Accounts, the easy way to upgrade to new and improved Groups, and be able to “like” your Contacts’ posts and status updates!

Read on and be sure to upgrade your BBM today to discover more other new features and improvements.

 

Customize Your Chat Background (Android only) 

You spoke. We listened. We know that you’ve been requesting for the ability to change your chat background with your favorite photo to make your chat screen more personalized. Now, you can pick an image from your Gallery and set as chat background.

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Do More on BBM Desktop (Android only) 

Interact seamlessly across devices with BBM Desktop. Now you can:

  • Receive and download important documents on your laptop. It’s an easier way to get a document from your phone to computer.
  • Enjoy drama free days with Retract on various chat bubbles (text, image, sticker and more!)
  • Reply, delete and forward functions are now here for your convenience to match your experience on the phone.

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Album Tab in Official Accounts

Access all images and videos in a grid view from the new Album Tab in Official Accounts. You can also like and comment on any media posted by the Official Account that you follow, or even connect with people within the community who share similar hobbies and passions.

So, follow your favorite Official Accounts today to receive the latest product information, promotions or updates directly from your favorite brands or artists!

Upgrade Your Groups: Add More Members, “D” and “R” Status

Start chatting and sharing with your friends, family, co-workers and communities with our new BBM Groups that can now allow up to 300 members!

See ‘D’ (Delivered) and ‘R’ (Read) status for each group member, share any type of document and media, experience watching Vidio together (Indonesia only) and share money in a group with our DANA Lucky Money feature (Indonesia only).

Simply tap a prompt at the top of your current Groups, follow the instructions and you are ready to enjoy all these new features in your groups!

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“Like” Timeline Posts-And See Who Liked Yours!

Tap! Tap! at our new heart icon on Feeds to show how you appreciate your BBM contacts’ status and posts updates. When people like your posts, you’ll see a number below the heart icon. Simply tap the number to see a list of who they are.

We’ve been enjoying testing this new feature. We know you’ll “like” it too!

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For Indonesia: Send Money via Chat

BBM is now officially the first chat app in Indonesia that enables peer-to-peer money transfer via chat!

Now you can pay friends and family for shared restaurant bills, gifts, phone vouchers, and anything else. The receiver can use the funds to buy talk time or internet data for their mobile phones, pay bills (electricity, water, installments, BPJS health insurance), get a voucher for Google Play, or cash out their DANA credits from their bank account (ATM Bersama) instantly.

To enable the feature, you must first activate DANA via the DANA tab, and register as a premium user. (No fee required.)

When you want to send money, follow these easy steps!

  1. Open a chat with the person you want to send money to, and click the “+” icon.
  2. Select Send Money.
  3. Input the amount you wish to send, and add any comment.
  4. Enter your PIN to verify the transaction.
  5. It’s all done!

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For Indonesia: Play DANA Kaget

DANA Kaget or Lucky Money is an exciting feature for BBM users to share money with their community in a group chat. You can randomly share money to several members, and the amount received by each member would be different – making this fun and intriguing for your community.

Here’s how you can play DANA KAGET easily:

  1. Create group chat together with your friends (max. 300 users)
  2. Tap “+” icon in Group Chat, then select “Dana Kaget/Lucky Money” feature
  3. Insert the amount that you’d like to share with your group
  4. An envelope banner will pop-up in your chat group. Members in your group must tap on the envelope quickly in order to grab the DANA Kaget/Lucky Money
  5. Have fun and surprise your friends with DANA Kaget today!

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What Else is New?

  • Decline Call with a Message (Android only) – Not free to take an incoming voice and video call? Now you can decline a call gracefully by sending a message to the caller.
  • Ability to Block and Unblock Contact – Do you wish to be undisturbed from certain contacts? Just block and unblock the contacts when you have a change of heart.
  • Reply to Image and Video on Chat – Now you can directly reply to images and videos shared in 1:1 chats.
  • Preview Sticker on Timeline (iOS only) – Curious with your friends’ new sticker packs? Now you can preview from their timeline. 

 

We’re already hard at work on the next release, due out soon. Be sure to upgrade your favorite messaging app via Google Play or the App Store today to take advantage of all the improvements in the latest release. And check back in a few weeks for the next round of improvements.

Time Travel with BBM Messenger’s ‘Decades Trivia Challenge’ to Win Shopping Sprees in Canada and the US

Answer questions related to decades between 70s to 00s and users stand to win Visa gift cards worth $250 to $1000

TorontoSeptember 13, 2018 – BBM Messenger is thrilled to announce the launch of a fun and exciting ‘Decades Trivia Challenge’ contest, which quizzes its users in Canada and the US on fun facts between 1970s and 2000s.

The ‘Decades Trivia Challenge’ will feature daily trivia questions over the course of the four-week contest. Each week, the trivia will feature questions from a select decade, with the first week centering on questions from the 2000s, and the subsequent week on the 90s, then the 80s and finally the 70s.

Available in the BBM Discover menu, the ‘Decades Trivia Challenge’ allows users to enter into a grand prize sweepstakes for a $1000 Visa gift card, as well as the opportunity to play daily trivia questions for a chance to win weekly $250 Visa gift card prizes!

“This contest is themed around appealing to a wide variety of age groups of those born in the various decades featured. We encourage our valued users to spend time and have fun in BBM, with a chance to be rewarded at the same time,” says Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally.

The ‘Decades Trivia Challenge’ will run for a month from September 12, 2018 and end on October 8, 2018. Download BBM via Google Play or the App Store to participate today!

BBM and 7awi Launch ‘Back-To-School’ Trivia Contest Across GCC Countries

Users stand to win shopping vouchers worth between US$200 and US$1000 in the 4-week contest

DubaiSeptember 6, 2018 – BBM is excited to team up with 7awi to launch a ‘Back-To-School’ Trivia Contest for BBM users in the GCC region, namely Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar.

Available in the BBM Discover menu, the Back-To-School Trivia Contest automatically registers BBM users who visit the service with a chance to win a shopping voucher worth US$1000 in the Grand Prize Sweepstakes. Users can also participate in the weekly trivia contest by submitting a correct answer and be one of the lucky weekly draw winners to win shopping vouchers worth US$200.

“Back to School is a major season for advertisers in the region who are targeting students and their parents to offer compelling offers and services,” says Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally. “BBM is a key mobile channel for popular 7awi properties such as Layalina, Yummy and Ra2ej in the GCC region. With an increasing appetite for consuming content on mobile, the Trivia presents a great fun and engaging platform for students and parents to be quizzed, entertained and a chance to win prizes at the same time.”

Anas ‘Andy’ Abbar, CEO of 7awi, says: “BBM has proven to be a strategic partner and venue for 7awi properties. The healthy growth of our subscribers is a great testimonial that our content on BBM Discover is the sweet spot for our GCC audience. We are excited about the partnership and value the continuous support from BBM.”

The ‘Back-To-School’ Trivia Contest will run for four weeks starting August 31, 2018 and ending on September 27, 2018.

Download BBM via Google Play or the App Store to participate today!

 


About 7awi

7awi (pronounced as Hawi) is a digital publishing platform. In Arabic, 7awi means content and wizards. We are the Wizards of Arabic Content and our mission is to “To inform and entertain the young Arab audience!”

7awi has an established network of digital destinations covering lifestyle, fashion, autos, travel, food, technology, classifieds and services. In addition, we have developed our research and insights platform that leverages the 10 million monthly unique users, 30 million social followers across our owned and operated network.

Our focus is Arabic language and our unique proposition is we reach over 20 million monthly visitors and have a growing community of over 20 million monthly visitors and over 30 million social followers. We understand the Arab audience and have the means (content, technology and reach) to deliver the message from advertisers and clients. For more information, visit www.7awi.com

BBM Launches Instant Games to Users in Indonesia

Iconic and popular game titles such as Pac Maker, Jelly Pop, Four Colors, ElastiKitty are available at launch, and more to be added

Jakarta – August 30, 2018 – BBM and Yogrt have partnered to launch BBM Instant Games with an engaging collection of competitive, casual, free-to-play HTML5 games that can be played and shared instantly with BBM users across iOS and Android devices. At launch, 10 game titles will be available to users in Indonesia and more is expected to be added in the coming months.

Located within BBM Discover, Instant Games offers users instant access to HTML5 games with no app download required. Instead, games are loaded on-demand, providing a personalized BBM experience and the ability to share and invite their friends through direct messages in-game.

Each game has a leaderboard that captures the user ranking of top BBM scorers, spurring users to compete with their friends to reach the highest score. Users can also easily revisit their favorite games, which are saved in their games profiles, at any time.

“Indonesia has the largest population in Southeast Asia and the biggest mobile games market by both revenue and players. The number of mobile gamers in Indonesia is set to [1]exceed 100 million in 2019,” said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally.

“With gaming as the second most popular activity on mobile next to ‘messaging’, it makes total sense for us to offer value-added content in the place where they’re spending their time—and enable them to connect, share and be entertained simultaneously,” he added.

“We are proud to partner BBM, one of the world leaders in instant messaging application. As the partner of gaming content, we are confident that users will experience a new & enhanced level of entertainment and social interaction within BBM application.” said Jason Lim, Co-Founder of Yogrt.

*BBM is available on the App Store and Google Play for free download.


About Kongko Digital Pte. Ltd

Kongko Digital Pte Ltd was established in 2014 with a headquarter in Singapore. It has a subsidiary, PT. Akasanet Bumi Nusantara, a Jakarta-based company. Kongko Digital Pte. Ltd is a publisher of “Yogrt” mobile application and scores of HTML5 and mobile games in Indonesia.

[1] https://www.pocketgamer.biz/asia/comment-and-opinion/67665/indonesia-snapshot-the-largest-mobile-games-market-in-southeast-asia/

Celebrate Indonesia Independence Day with #BebasinBebanMu

BBM for Indonesia, BBM for us from Indonesia

In celebration of Indonesia’s 73rd Independence Day, BBM has launched the #BebasinBebanMu (Freedom for Yourself) campaign. #BebasinBebanMu is inspired by how Indonesian heroes fought for changing the nation to claim its sovereign and independence. The Independence action in this digital era is realised with the freedom to be yourself and what you want to be without any burden.

“Since becoming part of the Emtek Group in Indonesia in 2016, BBM is literally made in Indonesia, for Indonesians. We’ve evolved from a pure messaging application to a social ecosystem. We’re aggressively expanding our talent pool in Indonesia and working with best-in-breed partners to bring locally relevant, customized features, content and services that fit the daily needs and lifestyle of our users in Indonesia,” said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally.

“#BebasinBebanMu aims to inspire all Indonesians to have their own freedom with three campaign themes: Freedom from Payment, Freedom to Shop, and Freedom to Eat,” he added.

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The BBM Team will randomly be at 17 hangout places or cinemas in Jakarta and Bandung from August 1-16, 2018. All the bills in the selected places will be paid for by BBM with one condition – all the patrons there will have to download and install BBM. To find out where BBM Team will next visit, obtain your clues from BBM Discover (BBM News, BBM Video, etc) today. So order your food and beverage or buy your tickets, download and install BBM on the spot, and we’ll free you from paying your bills! Click here for the video teaser.

 

Freedom to Shop (#Merdeka Buat BelanjaKV-MERDEKA DARI BELANJA-1

The BBM Team is also running a door-to-door program, visiting residences at random in five cities – Bandung, Medan, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Malang – where users will win cash of up to Rp200,000 if they are able to show their updated BBM app and activate DANA account from their phone.

For those who haven’t been visited by the BBM Team, don’t worry, BBM will pay for your purchases through BBM Shopping, Travel and Coupon. Click here for further information; and click here for the video teaser.

 

Freedom to Eat (#Merdeka Buat Makan) KV-MERDEKA BUAT MAKAN_1

Fancy dining in romantic Bali, while enjoying spectacular views of the Indian Ocean? Participate in the Freedom to Eat contest and you’ll stand a chance to win the Grand Prize to dine *anywhere in Indonesia of your choice (including accommodation). From August 9-26, 2018 take part in the daily contest by clicking on the Merdeka Buat Makan contest icon in BBM Discover and you’ll also get to win daily prizes. Click here to find out how you can participate.

Don’t miss the great opportunity of #BebasinBebanMu and celebrate Indonesia Independence Day with BBM. Download and update your BBM from App Store and Google Play today.

 

*Terms and conditions apply

New BBM Brings Faster Sign-in, Video Watching in Group Chats While Messaging, Timeline for iOS and More to Enhance Your Experience

The latest BBM is out today in Google Play and the App Store. Upgrade your favorite messaging app to get all the latest features, including faster sign-in for users, watch videos and chat simultaneously in group, Timeline for iOS users, a streamlined Custom PIN-creation process, global availability of Official Accounts and more! Learn more about the most exciting new features below.

 

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New and existing users can now quickly and securely sign-up and sign-in to BBM with just a one-time password. This new feature also speeds up the login process, as it auto-detects your country code based on your SIM card information. (Note: The option to manually enter your country code will still be available.) Once BBM verifies that the number you entered is a valid mobile phone number, you’ll get a one-time password via SMS to confirm. Enjoy the faster-than-ever BBM login!

 

content_release 16-en-06Indonesians: Watch Videos in Group Chats—While Messaging!

Has it been a constant challenge rounding up your busy friends – or friends located in other cities – just to watch a live soccer telecast or your favourite TV shows together for example? For our BBM users in Indonesia, watching your favorite sporting events and shows with friends just got more convenient, fun and exciting!

BBM is committed to bringing you the closest experience to being there in person. That’s why we’re thrilled to present a new in-chat video player, allowing everyone to watch video inside group and 1:1 chats without leaving the chat environment! When you share a video, or someone else shares a video from Discover in your group, everyone in the chat can tap the video to play it, continuing the conversation while watching a live or on-demand video. Don’t forget to try this new feature during the 2018 Asian Games – where you can watch your favorite sport together. Distance is no longer an issue with BBM!

 

content_release 16-en-02New Timeline for iOS Users: Share and Keep Up with Your Contacts

For those who enjoy checking on Feeds to see the latest developments in your social circle, now you’ll never miss out! iOS users can join Android users on the new Timeline! It’s a great way to keep track of all the wonderful moments you’ve shared with your BBM contacts! Access the new Timeline by tapping your name or avatar on the Me Tab, where you’ll see a collection of all the status updates you’ve posted from your own Timeline screen or Feeds.

 

content_release 16-en-01Create a Custom PIN Easier Than Ever

When we first introduced Custom PIN, we gave people the freedom to select their own PIN. It could be  your name, nickname or any other creative combination you can come up with! Then we made Custom PIN  editable, allowing you to change it as often as you like for FREE!

Now, we’ve made the process of creating new Custom PIN easier than ever. BBM no longer requires phone number verification when creating a new Custom PIN—saving you the time and trouble of the two-step confirmation process where you had to insert your phone number and wait for verification.

To get your new Custom PIN today, go to Me tab, select PIN (username) and create your custom PIN instantly!

 

BBM Official Accounts, Now Available Globally

BBM Official Accounts allow brands, businesses and even celebrities to send messages directly to BBM users who have subscribed. We launched this new feature in May in Indonesia only. Now, it’s available worldwide!

For businesses, brands and celebrities, Official Accounts provide increased control over how they target customers or followers in real time, allowing them to customize their messages and encourage engagement.

Subscribers or followers get direct access to their favorite brands and celebrities, employers, or other groups. To subscribe, go to Contacts and then select Official Accounts to see a list of all the available accounts for your region.

 

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In our previous release, we made document sharing faster on 1:1 chat, and available for the first time on group chat, allowing you to exchange any type of document. Android users can now add a caption when sending documents – PDF, Microsoft Office, RAR and ZIP files – in both 1:1 or group chat!

It’s perfect for when you wish to add a quick note or summary, making it easier for the receiver to understand the content.

 

content_release 16-en-05Never Miss Out on Calls with Better Notifications

Don’t you hate missing calls? Now you don’t have to. BBM has your back!

With the latest BBM, you can turn on your phone, come back online, and catch all the notifications you might have missed. The improved missed-call notification feature ensures you’ll see any missed calls while you were offline as soon as you return. The notifications appear at the bottom of your chat screen along with the time the call came in and whether it was voice or video. This also guarantees that your BBM Contacts will see any calls you make while they’re offline.

Those are the marquee features of this release, which also includes lots of other improvements to streamline your BBM experience. Keep an eye out for the next release, coming in a few weeks.

Download your BBM today in Google Play and the App Store.

BBM and Planet Sport Publishing Bring PlanetF1 to Motorsport Fans Worldwide

A pit stop for fans in BBM Discover with live race timings, commentary, driver standings, expert analysis and more

Singapore – July 19, 2018 – Following the successful introduction of popular sports services Football365 and Tennis365, BBM and Planet Sport Publishing are pleased to extend their partnership to launch PlanetF1 for avid motorsport fans worldwide.

“Digital technology is changing the way sports fans consume content, access to live events and more importantly, stay on top of race results in real time,” said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally. “PlanetF1 is a fantastic addition to the BBM Discover menu as it covers the pinnacle of motorsport and adds breadth to the sports content that we are building and offering to our users and sports fans worldwide. Within BBM, users can share one-to-one, in groups or simply share in their timeline what is happening with their favorite sports.”

PlanetF1, now available in the BBM Discover menu, allows motorsport fans to follow live grand prix action every race weekend, all year round. Fans in more than 100 countries can browse races by date, check on grid positions, get live race timings, text commentary and expert analysis, review final race results as well as profiles of drivers, teams and circuits. In addition, fans are also able to share live timing updates during sessions and up-to-date race standings with their friends and family in BBM.

“We are delighted to further cement our relationship with BBM with the launch of PlanetF1. It is a high-quality product from a long-established brand, built on speed and a mobile-first user experience. We believe it’s the ideal way for fans to enjoy the action on race weekends.” said Tim Satchell, managing director of Planet Sport Publishing.

*BBM is available on the App Store and Google Play for free download.

 


About Planet Sport Publishing

Planet Sport Publishing Limited, a subsidiary of Ole! Media Ltd, is an independent network of sports media brands that gives fans a voice – empowering them with entertaining content, knowledgeable analysis and attitude.

Its talented content specialists run Football365, TEAMtalk, Planet Football, Planet F1, Planet Rugby, Cricket365 and Golf365, using their experience and insight to provide coverage and interaction on a variety of emerging platforms and channels.

Planet Sport Publishing teams are based in the UK and South Africa, operating an expanding portfolio for passionate and opinionated audiences around the world. For more information, visit http://www.planetsport.com/.

BBM and Planet Sport Publishing Launch Global Football ‘Trivia’ Contest

BBM users and football fanatics in 30 countries can participate in daily trivia contest and enroll in one-time sweepstakes to win prized football memorabilia

SingaporeJune 19, 2018 – Joining the worldwide excitement for football this summer; BBM and Planet Sport Publishing have teamed up to launch a global football Trivia contest where BBM users and football fans in 30 countries can test their knowledge of the history, facts and trivia surrounding the beautiful game.

Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally, says: “The Trivia is a great platform to celebrate the power, beauty and strong legacy of football; allowing fans to explore and experience the matches off the field from culture to fandom.”Trivia

Available in the BBM Discover menu, the football Trivia automatically enrolls visitors with a chance to win a VIP Football Prize Pack, including an autographed football jersey and other prized football memorabilia in the Grand Prize Sweepstakes. Football fans can also participate in a daily trivia contest and stand a chance to be one of the daily winners to win a unique football related T-shirt of their choice (plus free shipping) from Football365’s recently launched TShirts365.com online shop.

Tim Satchell, Managing Director of Planet Sport Publishing, says: “Excitement around the world’s largest and most-watched sporting event is reaching fever pitch and we’re excited to offer BBM users a chance to show their knowledge of the beautiful game – and win some fantastic prizes at the same time.”

To revel in the excitement of the football fever, enter into the trivia fun before it ends. Download BBM via Google Play or the App Store. The football Trivia will run for a month starting June 14, 2018 and ending on July 15, 2018.

*Notes:

In July 2017, BBM and Planet Sport Publishing rolled out the hugely popular Football365, which serves up the latest information covering all the leagues, teams, and goals worldwide. Fans in over 100 countries globally can browse matches by date, league or country, as well as review the status of live games or the final scores of finished games, and see what matches are coming up. Football fans can also access and share pre-match and in-game updates to cheer with friends—and taunt rivals within BBM.

 


About Planet Sport Publishing

Planet Sport Publishing Limited, a subsidiary of Ole! Media Ltd, is an independent network of sports media brands that gives fans a voice – empowering them with entertaining content, knowledgeable analysis and attitude.

Our talented content specialists run Football365, TEAMtalk, Planet Football, Planet F1, Planet Rugby, Cricket365 and Golf365, using their experience and insight to provide coverage and interaction on a variety of emerging platforms and channels.

We are an ambitious team, based in the UK and South Africa, operating an expanding portfolio for passionate and opinionated audiences around the world. For more information, visit http://www.planetsport.com/.

BBM Signs Eskimi as Exclusive Mobile Advertising Partner in Nigeria

Nigeria – June 14, 2018 – BBM and Eskimi, a global programmatic platform, today announced an exclusive mobile advertising partnership in Nigeria. The combined market-leading, mobile first solutions of Eskimi and BBM enable brands and advertisers to reach and engage with mobile audiences on both Android and iOS across Nigeria.

“BBM works with best-in-breed partners globally, in a continuous effort to provide an enriched user experience, while delivering optimal results to brands and advertisers,” says Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally. “Eskimi has an existing programmatic platform and operation in Nigeria that is growing from strength to strength. Their expertise in digital marketing and audience segmentation will help to yield better performance for BBM’s advertising partners.”

BBM’s wide range of native ad units, including video advertising opportunities offer brands specific demographics and geographic targeting capabilities, drive viral awareness and promote direct purchase actions without leaving the app.

Vytautas Paukstys, CEO of Eskimi says: “We are committed to delivering the best content sources for our clients and we’re extremely happy to partner with BBM. This partnership will enable us to deliver premium and unique inventories to our clients and offer new ad formats.”

BBM offers a variety of content and services in addition to the core functionality of chat. Talbot says user-convenient services such as Uber, HotelsCombined, news, airtime top-up, movie and concert ticket access, are all examples of strategic partner collaborations that make BBM one of the rising utility apps. “We are constantly innovating and driving product enhancements to create a better ecosystem within BBM and ultimately a better experience for our users.”

Download BBM via Google Play or the App Store for free.

 


About Eskimi DSP

Eskimi is a global programmatic advertising and data platform with current monthly reach of more than 1B users worldwide. As a programmatic platform, Eskimi operates a data management platform (DMP), strong rich media suite, anti-fraud and brand safety tools and a set of cost reduction algorithms. Advertisers can buy display, video, native ad formats from more than 30 supply sources, including Doubleclick a Facebook API. Eskimi owns unique data sets for telecoms, mobile device manufacturers and FMCGs. Eskimi also manages Eskimi.com, a social chat site with 24M members and a carrier billing business with more than 20 mobile operators connected worldwide.

BBM Desktop is Now Available to All Android Users!

We’re pleased to announce that the BBM Desktop beta is now available to all Android users!

Gone are the irritating times when you are busily working on your laptop or PC, and a chat message comes through to your BBM. To reply, you’d have to unlock your phone, open the chat and then type your message on the phone. BBM Desktop now extends your chat to the desktop, so that you can chat seamlessly across devices, without leaving your desktop environment!

Using BBM Desktop is a refreshing experience for users who need to type long messages regularly. Now, you can complete the tasks in half the time, get a better look at photos and videos (with the added ability to download or delete them) and read lengthy paragraphs with ease. What’s more, BBM Desktop gives you the ability to scroll faster through group messages to get to what you’re looking for. Chatting becomes so much easier and convenient without compromising on productivity!

Users can:

  • Choose to view all their chats in a list or in Groups
  • Search for specific conversations from the search bar
  • Search for a Contact to create a new chat
  • Find a contact by alphabetical grouping with the first letter of their name
  • View broadcast messages from Channels they subscribe to
  • Easily view chat histories

Our team is working hard to continuously improve BBM Desktop. Upgrade your favorite messaging app via Google Play or the App Store today and have fun using BBM Desktop beta in the meantime!

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BBM Packs Latest Release with Bigger, Better Groups, BBM Desktop Beta, Official Accounts and Lots More!

Our latest release is packed with improvements to Groups, highly anticipated features such as BBM Desktop beta and Official Accounts, enhanced document sharing for Android, storage management for iOS, and lots more. Be sure to upgrade today via Google Play or the App Store to get the latest, greatest BBM. And read on for all the details.

Groups Are Better Than Ever: 6X members, “D” and “R” status

300 Group ENGroups used to be limited to 50 people. Now, they can fit 300—that’s six times more—for both Android and iOS users! Anytime you create a new Group in the latest BBM, you’ll have the option to choose the old 50-person limit, or the new 300-person limit.

Groups will also now have delivered (D) and read (R) status notes for each member in the group. When anyone in the group sends a message, they’ll be able to see who has received the message, and who’s read it. To view the status, long-tap the message you sent on the chat page and select Info.

This new notification enhances group interaction, since senders will now know who’s seen and read their messages.

BBM Desktop Beta Extends Chat Potential

BBM Desktop ENWe’re thrilled to announce that this release kicks off the rollout of BBM Desktop beta for Android users, extending their chat to the desktop, so that they can chat seamlessly across devices. For now, BBM Desktop beta will only be available to selected users.

If you don’t see the Desktop icon in your BBM, rest assured that we’ll roll out the full version to everyone very soon—and will let you know as soon as we do!

In the Desktop beta, users can:

  • Choose to view all their chats in a list or in Groups
  • Search for specific conversations from the search bar
  • Search for a Contact to create a new chat
  • Find a contact by alphabetical grouping with the first letter of their name
  • View broadcast messages from Channels they subscribe to

We’ll be busy testing this exciting new feature of BBM in the coming weeks, working out all the kinks and making it ready for prime time. So, stay tuned!

Introducing Official Accounts for Indonesia

In this new release, we’re also proudly launching Official Accounts, which provides a convenient way for BBM partners to gather and interact with their audience or followers. Brands, businesses and even celebrities are now able to customize their messages to users who subscribe to their accounts, giving them increased control over how they wish to target and reach out to their followers.

This feature is on both Android and iOS, and is available exclusively for the Indonesian market, for now.

For Brands, Official Accounts enable them to provide timely and value-added content such as contests, promotional codes and marketing materials to their consumers and patrons. Businesses can also utilize Official Accounts as a default messaging tool for internal communications. Celebrities can easily engage and update fans on their activities, post photos and videos, promote fan meetings, single or album releases, and new drama or movie releases.

How to Join Official Accounts as a user:

  • From the Contacts tab, click on ‘Official Accounts’
  • Join any Official Account by clicking the ‘+’ icon

You will start receiving updates, messages and posts from the Official Account, and you can comment, like and share with your BBM contacts.

 

For Android: Share More Documents, Show Off Sticker Packs

Sharing Document ENAndroid users can now share any type of document faster via both 1:1 and Group chats. In 1:1 chats, it’s an improvement on what we had before, so you can send and receive PDFs, Microsoft office files, RAR and ZIP files—even to users on older versions of BBM. As long as the sender has the today’s release, the files will go through.

Document sharing in Groups is a new feature. You can also share any type of document in Groups, but it’s not backwards compatible, so everyone in the group will need to upgrade to receive the files.

Also for Android users, next time you get new BBM stickers, you can let your friends and family see a sample! Whenever you download a new sticker pack, you’ll now have the option to share a preview on your timeline. Click OK, and we’ll take care of the rest.

 

For iOS: Manage Storage, Call from Contacts, Respond Faster

Storage Management ENSending photos, GIFs, video voice messages, and documents in your chats can eat up a lot of storage space after a while. Now, iOS users can manage storage by the type of content in individual chats (like Android users have been able to since last month’s release). Go to Settings > Data and Storage usage > Storage Usage, where you’ll see your chats sorted by the space they consume (largest on top). Select a chat to see a breakdown and decide what to keep and what to delete from the list.

The latest BBM version integrates even more with your native iOS apps. Now you can make BBM Voice and Video calls from Contacts. Just select a contact, and long-press the call or video icon, and select BBM.

You know the BBM notifications that appear at the top of your screen when you get a message? Well, they just got smarter. Now you can view messages, reply quickly or mute all from the notification bar—without having to open your BBM. When a notification appears, tap it to reveal your new options.

 

Easily Give Your BBMoji a Makeover! New Me Tab Access

Both Android and iOS users can now update their personalized BBMoji stickers, editing what you already have, or adding a new selfie. Making changes is even faster than before, because you can now access BBMoji from the Me tab. On the Me tab, just click BBMoji to replace your old selfie with a new one.

 

New Busy Message and Tone on Call Screen

Uninterrupted Call ENIf you happen to call someone who’s already on a BBM call, you’ll now see a message and hear a tone on the call screen. Previously, a busy call would close and send you back to chat screen with a generic message announcing the recipient was busy. Now, you stay in the call interface, and BBM tells you that your contact is on another call. This improvement is live on both Android and iOS versions of BBM.

These improvements are just the big ones that we’re highlighting. Be sure to upgrade your favorite messaging app via Google Play or the App Store today to get the rest of the improvements. Stay tuned for the next release coming soon!

BBM Rolls Out DiscoverTV to Users in 28 More Markets Globally

DTV-1With the successful launch of DiscoverTV in South Africa and Nigeria last year, BBM is excited to roll out DiscoverTV to an additional 28 markets* globally. DiscoverTV is a mobile streaming service that allows BBM users to watch a wide variety of award-winning short form shows.

Located within the BBM Discover menu, DiscoverTV offers BBM users unlimited viewing hours of free video content from 15 unique channels** that include sports, games, food, celebrities, animals, kids, music, travel and more.

It doesn’t matter if you are a sports fanatic – soccer, cricket, F1, extreme sports – cooking or car enthusiast, animal or planet lover, penchant for music or travel, DiscoverTV is for everyone of all ages. So there’s no excuse to miss the entertainment!

BBM users can stream DiscoverTV anywhere, be it over WiFi or your mobile network. Anyone can simply download BBM for free via the App Store or Google Play, register your details and explore content and services within the Discover menu. This easy-to-use interface that is integrated into BBM Discover means it’s never been easier to enjoy the best entertainment wherever you are.

* DiscoverTV is available to BBM users in:

Bahrain, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sudan, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam

** 15 Unique Channels:DTV-2

  • KidsTV: KidsTV is the ultimate destination for the family when it comes to mobile entertainment and edutainment. Experience all the fun and adventure with engaging cartoons that will have your little ones coming back for more. 
  • GamesTV: Push play and get the best round-up of the latest video game news, reviews, previews, trailers, walkthroughs and more. 
  • AnimalTV: Take a scroll on the wild side with AnimalTV! From cute and cuddly cats to 18-foot-long crocs… this channel is dedicated to animals and the people who love them.
  • PlanetTV: The home of exclusive videos showcasing our amazing planet. PlanetTV will bring you the amazing world of Earth like you’ve never seen before.
  • SportsTV: From football to F1, cricket to cycling, boxing to basketball, extreme sports to e-Sports… SportsTV is a one-stop shop for die-hard sports fans.
  • SoccerTV: Score with SoccerTV as we bring you all the breaking news, highlights, interviews, behind the scenes footage, match previews, reviews and team stats for the EPL and major European tournaments. This is your home of soccer!
  • WorldCupTV: The ultimate World Cup preview showcasing the 32 competing teams, profiling the players to watch and all the developments and excitement leading into the biggest television event of 2018.
  • CricketTV: Receive professional cricket coaching that the world’s best has to offer from the likes of Gary Kirsten, AB de Villiers and friends. Learn to master the pull shot and the cover drive. Master the art of the Yorker or get mentally prepared for the battle that awaits you. Our coaches will guide you to the very top and let you gain an advantage over your opponents.
  • ExtremeTV: Every story is an adventure on ExtremeTV! Get your heart racing and experience incredible action videos coupled with mind-blowing landscapes from the world of extreme sports.
  • CarTV: Start your engines and fuel your entertainment with CarsTV! Motorheads will be fully engaged with an exciting mix of everything from the most desirable to the most unusual of vehicles.
  • CelebTV: CelebTV brings you up-close and personal with your favourite TV and movie stars. Grab your popcorn and be entertained as we bring the red carpet to your mobile phone.
  • FoodTV: Food TV is the ultimate destination for foodies. Satisfy your cravings with video recipes, tips & tricks and interviews with your favourite chefs.
  • MusicTV: Watch the Latest Music Videos by Your Favorite local and international Artists.
  • TravelTV: Explore some of the most interesting locations on the planet, without ever leaving your couch! TravelTV offers viewers the opportunity to share in our hosts’ journey, taking in the local landscape and learning about an area’s unique culture.
  • 2nachekiTV: Home of the Top 10 of everything and anything in Africa, 2nachekiTV covers every aspect of African life from dancers, musicians, politicians, singers and more. Our channel offers great insight into the most diverse continent on the planet.
  • WatchMojoTV: Watch new and amazing Top 10 lists every day of the week on all the topics you care the most about: Movies, Video Games, Music, Pop Culture, everything!

BBM Introduces Official Accounts for Brands, Businesses and Celebrities

We’re thrilled to announce the introduction of BBM Official Accounts in Indonesia!

BBM Official Accounts is a feature that allows BBM partners, such as brands, businesses and even celebrities to send messages directly to BBM users who have added or subscribed to their account as a ‘contact’. This new service alerts users instantly through push notifications, meaning BBM partners can expect a high number of users viewing their messages.

For Brands, Official Accounts enable them to provide timely and value-added content such as contests, promotional codes and marketing materials to their customers. For Businesses can utilize Official Accounts as a default messaging tool for internal communications. Celebrities can also easily engage and update fans on their activities, post photos and videos, promote fan meetings, single or album releases, and new drama or movie releases.

Official Accounts give partners increased control over how they wish to target, customize their messages and directly reach their customers or followers in real-time.

At launch, users will be able to subscribe to a variety of accounts from sports and consumer brands such as the NBA, Pepsodent, and other news, entertainment and shopping entities like Liputan 6, Bola.com, Bintang.com, BBM Shopping and WebComics. By adding these accounts as contacts, BBM users are able to receive timely information on special promotions, coupons, as well as the latest updates on news and sports programs.

This feature is on both Android and iOS, and is available exclusively for the Indonesian market, for now.

How to Join Official Accounts as a user:

  • From the Contacts tab, click on ‘Official Accounts’
  • Join any Official Account by clicking the ‘+’ icon

Users will start receiving updates, messages and posts from the Official Account, and can comment, like and share with their BBM contacts.

Our team is working zealously with partners to bring you more Official Accounts, so upgrade your favorite messaging app via Google Play or the App Store today and keep checking the Official Accounts in your contacts tab!